But.... it is Sat night and we love our family time. In honor of movie night, but wanting to be a "bit" more healthy - I opted to make corn dog muffins, accompanied by oven baked kale and zucchini chips, along with sliced apples and carmel for desert. Yum! Healthy - er finger foods that are just plain fun.
Here's the recipes for your own "fun family finger food" night!
Corn dog muffins
Several hot dogs cut into thirds - cooked. A corn muffin mix (or make your own) prepared.
Scoop the corn muffin mix into sprayed muffin tins - insert 1 piece of hot dog into center of each muffin.
Bake for 20 min or so until golden brown and center is done.
|The finished product - Kale chips - |
This started out as 3 - 9x13 baking pans
Cut kale into bite size pieces - place in baking dish or cookie sheet.
Drizzle w/olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper.
Mix w/hands to coat.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20+ min. Watch - you want them to get crispy, but not burn.
Believe me - burning is not good - Just ask Trinity.
|The assembly line for my zucchini chips|
Put 1/2 cup milk in a small bowl.
In separate bowl combine 1/2 C panko bread crumbs, 4TBS regular bread crumbs, and 4TBS parmesan cheese - mix.
Place zucchini chips in milk then press into bread crumb mixture - coating both sides - then place on greased metal baking rack on top of a cookie sheet.
Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes - till golden brown.
For desert - sliced apples of various kinds
Carmel for dipping - this takes a little pre-planning - take a can (or more if you want extra) of sweetened condensed milk. Place it in a large pan of water. Boil the water and keep it boiling for 8 hours - keep filling the pan to make sure the can(s) are covered throughout the process. After 8 hours - carefully remove. Allow to cool a bit, then open. The best carmel EVER! Transfer to serving bowl and serve as dip for the apples. YUMMY!! OR - just open a jar of store bought carmel sauce if you're short on time. The fun and yum factor are still there.
We rarely have left overs of kale chips; the zucchini chips triumphed tonight - none left even though a remnant of kale chips remained. The carmel and apples, however, stole the trophy for beating out the competition in being eaten up first. Can't even imagine why.